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Re: The solution to the problem is simple (stop making it more complicated than neccessary)
The problem is that people like you keep suggesting that we continue doing what has not worked since time began. Corporations are the "Robber Barons" of the 21st Century.
Pretty obvious to me that those "books on economics" have not been right and I have read enough to be sure that their authors opions have a personal financial motive. You have your opinion, I have mine.
By the way, corporations are not people, they are faceless, inhumane "Borgs" and they should not have anywhere near the same rights as individual humans do, including campagn contributions. But hey, you're part of the problem, noit part of the solution.
I never said anything about the difficulty of implementing such ideas and I dont care how difficult it might be, it's the only fair solution.
Every tax regulation has to be the same everywhere or you will still have tax havens. Every country needs to agree to the same levels or the poverty, war, strife, pestilence we have now will continue.
Corporations should be held as responsible as any individual to pay their fair share of tax. When corporations think they should be above the law, as it appears you believe, then all others suffer from their tax avoidance, a euphemism for EVASION.
Remember, the more complex you make something, the more loopholes you require. The flat tax does not require ANY loopholes.
If you want to conduct business within a group of member nations and have trade agreements then you would have to agree to follow the rules. I don't see that being difficult.
If you don't agree you deservedly become North Korea (or worse). If the USA changed the tax laws to my concept, there would be such a stampede to move corporate headquarters here that your head would spin right off and fly into orbit. First, think about what they spend on accountants and lawyers and "dutch sandwiches" and software and computing just to account for all this and avoid paying taxes. A flat 20% would be a HUGE REDUCTION in the tax rate for many situations, certainly for those companies in Europe.
The upshot of all this is that the everyday man will have MORE MONEY TO SPEND OR INVEST because they are not paying to subsidize corporations. That spending will boost the economy. The invesment will boost other market sectors.
And you have to be friggin kidding me with the ignorant and deluded comment that the CEO's and bank management are not ENTIRELY AND CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE for the economic collapse we recently went through.
Only a douchebag who knew they were responsible for the collapse would say what you did,
They engineered the whole thing for their own financial benefit. You would have to be complicit to have your opinion on the subject.
Greedy bankers, lying politicians, accountants, lawyers all deserve to be shunned, forever.
The US Government is Not a Non-Profit Organization
<humor- If they were, the IRS would have likely denied it that status.-humor>
It's difficult to make a profit as a government since there is always someone looking for a handout.
Seems that Pirate Dave thinks we should sell government assets at a loss, (mineral & drilling rights, unused land, roads, buildings, radio & TV spectrum and other property etc) and not charge for government services where applicable.
What about the infrastructure investments made by government in airports, highways, rail lines & subsidies flood prevention, funding for schools and education, etc etc etc. Do they have no benefit???
Yeah, like the friggin "Robber Barons" will ever admit that they gain the benefit of all of that infrastructure. How about the Aerospace or Military Industries? Nobody actually spent their own money to start those businesses because they already got the government contracts before they spent a dime of their own money. What bank would say no after that?
The space race did not on the surface improve the lives of the common man but the technology that spun off from it is the reason why we even have computers like we do today.
I say the government should get top dollar wherever possible since someone or something has to pay for all the freeloaders.
All I ask is that you don't ask me to pay (any more) for them and their ilk unless you let me claim them as dependents.
WOW, Jealousy reigns supreme
There is a secret to life you just have got to learn before it's too late.
No woman will ever be worth the kind of trouble you got yourself into, no matter how good the sex was.
Once you became exe's, that should have been the end of it regardless of any offspring. Give it up and move away if you have to, but just forget about it and get on as best you can. They are not worth your life.
How about a stock buyback??? Seems like smarter move...lots smarter than giving in to Loeb
I get really sick of militant investors especially hedge funds telling companies to gut thier business model "Or Else". The Dell vs Icahn thing is the same issue.
My ADVICE: Buy back ALL your stock and tell Loeb to "Piss Off and Die!" Do not negotiate with pisspot terrorists.
The fact is that having a variety of income sources is GOOD for a company like SONY. When Hardware is in the dumps then Entertainment can help even out the peaks and valleys and vice versa.
You know Daniel, they call it "Diversification".
Except you have the same mindset that you and all other high finance Pirates have, that you know best except you have never "built" anything, all you know how to do is rob, cheat and steal so your "Investors" (fellow frikkin pirates) can reap the rewards of killing another good company, fire it's employees, steal their pensions, rape their families (figuratively) and whatever else scum like you do.
So Mr. Loeb, why don't you learn to be something other than a parasite.
The solution to the problem is simple
I propose a flat corporate tax of no less than 20% of gross revenue across the board and a flat personal tax of 15%. No VAT (sales tax) either. The rate would be the same no matter what country it was being applied so there could be no tax havens anywhere. Countries that would not comply would be completely "shunned" and all trade, communication and travel would be PERMANENTLY banned by member nations.
This would be the end of tax accountancy as we know it. That's ane even greater thing because it would also significantly reduce the amount of lawyers.
The rich would FINALLY have to pay their fair share as would the Corporations and thus the common middle class man would be paying a fair share instead of most of the tax revenue.
The best thing would be that the 95% of all IRS and all State tax departments could be abolished. All taxation would take place as the income was generated so no one got a bill unless they were complete idiots. There would be no need for compliance or oversight because there would only be one set of rules and compliance would be baked in to the payment systems.
I would GLADLY give up all my deductions for a plan such as this.
If we were smart, we would deport all of those unemployed government workers, accountants and lawyers to Mars so they could not contaminate the remaining workforce
No one will accept that the 3rd world is now FAR more responsible for CO2 than 1st world
For the last 100 years, advances in technology have made combustion efficiency increase dramatically in the 1st world thus decreasing emissions significantly. There is no open pit burning or land clearing, coal is 50 times cleaner than before, gasoline and petroleum refining 50% more efficient and engine efficiency and emissions are FAR better than even 10 years ago.
There are no more killer smogs in the "1st World".
Unfortunately, the "3rd World" refuses it's responsibility to use up to date emission and combustion controls; thus tripling the amount of emissions.
They are the low hanging fruit in the emission battle and no one will recognize that they must have the same standards and compliance as the 1st World or no amount of feel good regulation will work.
I will not comply or agree with ANY regulation until they are forced to comply with Western Emission stnadrads for ALL pollutants
Another retarded music service begging for an audience, fools and their money...
I cannot help but stand back and marvel at the magnificently moronic marketing mavens who come up with such elegantly retarded schemes.
Okay, so cellular telephony (of any generation) already has a bandwidth issue and these idiots want to use that to stream music to 5 series Beemer owners (already some of the most fatuous posers known to humanity) AT NO DATA RATE CHARGE (When they could AFFORD to pay for that).
Now all said and done the subcription charge is 3 times what Sirius/XM satellite radio is here in the US and there is nothing on the new service (besides owner targeted advertising and location tracking) that cannot already be delivered by satellite radio.
Why not provide REAL VALUE and offer a straight 3G/4G INTERNET CONNECTION with no roaming or data rate charges that would let you use multiple streaming services AND have in car WIFI hotspot capability, telephony, etc etc etc??????????
Nooooo, that would make too much sense. As to "digital radio" again this is ONLY a plot to take away simple terrestrial radio, let's take a mature product, put a new name on it, fuck up the signal quality so it sucks so bad we can sell them on shit that works even worse.
Re: And so why the flooding in NYC?
If that's the case, perhaps we should all consider the advantages of bringing on even more flooding so that NY Shitty and all of the Skinner Box assholes that live and breed there would simply get washed away in the resulting cleansing flood.
You may want to look at the fact that Hurricane Sandy happened at high tide so whatever margin of safety that remained was used up when the storm arrived.
Stupid people who rebuild where flooding is common knowledge should not be allowed to have insurance.
You also might want to consider that the NYC Mob (politicians included) might have skimmed off all the cash that was supposed to be used to create a drainage system that actually worked in a hurricane.
Again, all the more need for the great flood to wash away that cesspool called NY City.
Same BS, Different Bean Counters
So you say you can't find enough "skilled workers" ????
This is the same shit from the same pointy haired douchebags that populate Dilbert just coming from a different part of the world.
The TRUTH IS that there are plenty of skilled people available, they just are not stupid enough to fall for your fatuous bull crap anymore.
This is ONLY a thinly veiled attempt to justify bringing in cheep Asian programmers. They try this in the USA from time to time and are successful getting more H1B Visas granted and filled, until the poor bastards realize how much they have been cheated of better wages and find a "real" job someplace else.
These same HR dicks lie to job candidates saying that they don't have the skills yet to justify the full wages and benefits so they are on 'probation" or some such crap, just so they can hold a sword over their heads.
Remember to check Salary.com next time before you accept their pittance of an offer.
No! You have many other search choices including using your own mind (but that's too hard!)
Only the mentally incompetent, who are completely unredeemable anyway; would not understand the search results are skewed for EVERY SEARCH PROVIDER.
Google is no different but not any worse. In my mind, price comparison companies like Found'em are far worse than Google.
Anyone with half a brain already knows that the top few rows of search results are generally ad's, not results.
Google should sue Found'em for libel just for the fun of it.
He's only right until he becomes wrong...
I propose that such machine intelligence will eventually happen. No one ever wants to give Science Fiction it's due but so many SF authors have been utterly correct in so many predictions.
Much in the same way that a million monkeys might eventually type out the Bible, something will eventually link multiple computer systems together into a neural network, probably when a really sophisticated computer worm infects a large distributed "cloud" system that also has AI research systems in the same cloud.
The more complex the systems, the more basic elements of intelligence will be present. I believe that "Search" systems would be likely candidates due to the immense amount of parallel processing power involved and the nature of the code.
Laugh all you like, but it is quite possible even to the extent of probability.
Re: Many people suffer from depression
No, the Chief Prostituter was responsible for delivering actual justice, not a vendetta (DOJ already had mud on their face for a case they lost against Swartz for a nearly identical issue).
In the US we have a principle that is supposed guide the hand of justice saying that the punishment must fit the crime. In this case there was gross miscarraige of justice for sure.
When JSTOR ultimately declined to prosecute and backed out, DOJ SHOULD have dropped all the charges because constitutionally speaking if there is no accuser, there is no longer a crime. Swartz had legal authorized access to all the files at JSTOR and to MIT, the only "hacking" he did was write a script that allowed them all to be downloaded consecutively. If he had done them one at a time there could have been no case. Really, how could that have been considered criminal if it were not for prosecutorial overreach?
Not everyone is as iron assed as you are and certainly no one can truly speak for the dead. Considering that the DOJ made use of his well known depression (that disclosure is part of the records) to put undue influence on him (because they can) and he and his parents were almost bankrupt from the defense costs, there may have been greater pressure on him than any normal person could have tolerated. This was not "the chicken way out", as depression supersedes the ability to think rationally.
The fact the the Chief Prostituter was also running for elected office and she was looking for a "win" obviously made "winning at any and all costs" a requirement.
I hope God gives her "Karmic Retribution" like no one in history.
Re: They have the authority...AND THEY DO NOT DESERVE IT!
We should give up NOTHING or the terrorists have won.
You would prefer that we give up the very principles that this country was founded on so we can be more "secure"? If that is so, then you do not deserve to be a citizen nor does anyone with similar defeatist attitude.
You should read more or if reading is too tedious, I can recommend "V for Vendetta" as a near picture perfect representation of where the USA is headed for under Obama's DOJ, emboldened by the Bush/Cheney "Patriot Act"..
ALWAYS look to the Israeli's for advice on terrorists. They do not negotiate with them, they obliviate them when ever practical. They don't play silly politically correct games or argue semantics when looking for the enemy.
They would never had let the Boston Bomber back in the country and would have fully believed the Russians warnings unlike our smug DHS morons (who all need to be fired).
The "underwear" bomber would never have gotten in this country and the 9/11 hijackers would not have had the chance to get on the planes that fateful day.
However, a bunch of pantywaist do-gooders say we can't use racial profiling when any pragmatic realist would argue that if it looks like an Al Qaeda terrorist and smells like one, then you better put them on the No Fly list or just shoot first and ask questions later.
Funny thing about the Israeli's...no one in their right minds ever wants to cross the Mossad the wrong way. They never seem to be heard from again and that's a "Good Thing".
Opinions & Autocomplete Algorithims are like Arseholes
Everybody either has one, is one or one enters similar search terms.
How can this be the fault of Google or it's algorithim when it is clear that the majority of people searching for these subject terms are looking for those specific words? Their search terms are effectively opinions, not libel.
Seems there are far too many absolutists in the German Government. Not everything in this world is either black or white.
However, an autocomplete algorithim that fails to look at the total number of similar searches will no longer provide meaningful results, thereby damaging Google. Or Apple, or Microsoft or whatever autocomplete algorithim is being pilloried today.
Cue cries of "Burn the Witch"
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. (Especially when the "ones" are pederdasts or Scientologists).
Perhaps Google should provide a totaizer showing how many users seached with those exact terms, then there could be some idea of the reliability of results as well as proof they are not changing them.
Re: What goes around...should be applied to you personally and professionally dipwad!
Coward, It is exactly people like you that are the problem with American Society in general. Are you sure you are not Matt B? You sure sound and write like him. You are indeed clueless and especially ignorant.
Obviously, you must be of such mettle that you do not suffer any health issues.
Given all the recent evidence of prosecutorial overreach in other recent cases, the IRS singling out a particular anti-conservative viewpoint in granting tax exempt status etc etc then it is all the more imortant that we as a people reject the idea that the DOJ can use it's powers against a citizen in what amounts to a case of free speech versus freedom of access to publicly funded information.
To use ones psychological infirmities against a defendant is the same as the KGB did under Stalin and the SS did under Hitler. It was not fair play then and could not be considered to be fair play today, especially in a US Court.
Perhaps you should know that the IRS will have direct access to your health records under Obama Care and will now be able to use the diagnosis of a mental issue against you in court in the same way that it was against Aaron Swartz.
AC Must be from Found'em
And yet, no other search engine can come close to Google...because they don't have as good of a product dipwad. The EU does not need to do anything, they just want to screw with Google for the blackmail value.
The EU should take their BS investigations and look up their own ass. They will find a biased useless agency that has no value making decisions about viable companies that HAVE VALUE.
Re: Leave well enough the frick alone please.....
Science simply for the sake of science is in many cases, an incredible waste of resources.
Changing units of measurement that are frankly quite good enough for what they are used for (simply because you can) is extraordinarily stupid. AND a huge waste of resources...
I suggest a new unit for such people, the microfuckwit. a unit of measurement that not only defines the unit but the person using it.
Re: Look at the track record (EXACTLY)
To paraphrase, a wise man once said that "You will only begin to recognize the need for the Second Article of the Constitution when they come to take away the First".
I believe that ANY attack on the Constitution of these United States, is an act of Treason and should be treated as such.
Here within just a couple of years, we have had multiple such incidents that are beginning to make Richard Nixon look like a choirboy. Honorable mention to DOJ v Aaron Swartz, the Benghazi coverup, various attacks on gun ownership in direct violation of at least 4 Constitutional amendments, now what amounts to unauthorized wiretapping of 20 journalists phones (just the phone records my ass), oh and the IRS being used to squash any dissenting point of view.
Who know what else they've done that we haven't found out yet
We no longer need to fear terrorism, we must now learn to fear our own government.
Remember, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
Leave well enough the frick alone please.....
Perhaps, you might want to reconsider as there is not one damn thing wrong with the Amp just the way it is. Perhaps those who want to diddle around with miniscule values might just realize that measurements that small don't have any redeeming value in how "accurate" they are compared to one another.
Quit frikking around whith shite that does not provide any benefit. This is another case of Schroedingers twat.
Re: Software Vendors, stop lying to your customers and just sell them the product!
No, It is my contention that any contract or other document that is deliberately too obtuse, lengthy or too complicated is not valid.
Or at least it can be argued that it is not binding here in New York State where we have a plain english contract law.
On the other hand, if the place where I "purchase" the software does not call it a purchase but calls it a lease or subscription than you might have a case but they did not call it a lease so the store misled me when I "bought" the product in question.
Newsflash - Doublespeak for Cloudy Future of Office (and everything else MS)
No, I have no association with "E".
Just a rabid dislike for the so called "Cloud" and anything SaaS regardless of WHO sells these lies.
Amy Hood is ONLY getting the job as MS CFO and is a part of "Strategic Development" because she was marginally successful with Office 365 a "cloud" service.
“strong financial and operational management through her time on the business.” otherwise meant as that "witch could wring blood from a stone and nickle and dimed the team to death"
More proof that MS is on the downward spiral.
Software Vendors, stop lying to your customers and just sell them the product!
I am sick of lying software vendors that are selling software "rental" solutions instead of an actual product.
When I purchase a product of any kind, I then own it. Once I own it, the right to use it when, where and how I want to, is conferred to me or mine. If I choose to use it forever, no vendor should be able to say we turned you off because you did not buy another update, subscription etc etc etc.
SAAS cannot be interpreted to imply any ownership, only rental. This is just utter BS.
As a group, all El Reg readers need to revolt and vote with their feet and wallet wherever possible to stop this ridiculous trend.
Anyone who buys into the "cloud" is a fool because they have not "bought" anything. There is no product, no warranty, no physical ownership, and no responsibility from the vendor. The could is vaporware, plain and simple.
Where is the value in that?
Underlying bones of Win 8 are an improvement but not the GUI
From what I have seen, the hardware support in Win 8 is actually much better than Win 7 IF you are using rather recent hardware. If not, there are still some improvements. In fact, I have used several Win 8 drivers in a Win 7 operating system and they work just fine.
That may open the door to hybrid Win 7/8 possibilities kind of like http://www.mdgx.com/upd98me.php where Axcel216 was keeping Win 98 alive by merging newer files with it. Mostly worked quite well and was fun back in the day.
We almost all agree that the Win 8 GUI sucks rabid monkey butt.
The logical conclusion to all the complaining is that "Blue" will resolve that issue at a minimum by putting a different "skin" similar to Classic Shell into the mix.
That's why the call it a "Shell" as it's no big deal to put a new shell on these operating systems and they've been doing it since XP.
Personally, I have used Classic Shell on Win 7 for quite a while and see no reason to change to Win 8 so I'm waiting for Windows 9 at this point.
All I can say is V22 Osprey not a friendly aircraft
When I was a boy, my dad worked for Bell Aerosystems and they were developing the X22A experimental version of what became the V22 Osprey.
The experimental version looked like a futuristic minibus with four large ducted fans tied to onboard turbines.
That thing had NO LIFT besides the fans (still doesn't have much) and when it lost power during flight trials it crashed like a stone.
The Osprey is a little better because there is at least "some" autogyro action from the MUCH larger rotors. They got rid of the ducted fans when it was determined they did not provide any advantage.
This is the closest thing to a flying VTOL "car" (as in carrying lots of cargo and passengers) that flew "successfully"
When is the law not the law? When I judge it to be so!
<sarcasm/irony> It is my fervent religious belief that stupidity and ignorance are mortal sins. I also believe that I am granted the religious right to remove such sinners from the gene pool.
Therefore, If I judge certain laws to be the work of the ignorant and stupid; I no longer have to obey them.
Not only that but I have been ordained by DOG to hunt down and liberate the souls of such non-believers as may stand in the way of the rightous. <sarcasm/irony>
Sounds strange but this is the same type of logic coming from the Left here in the US as the try to circumvent and pollute the Constitution and institute their "laws".
People make light of the Second Article of the Constitution (It was never an amendment, its part of the original backbone of the Constitution). It isn't about guns, it's all about the liars and thieves who consider themselves above the law (Cuomo, Schumer, Bloomberg, Obama etc).
If the Constitutution really needs to be changed, the process is called a Constitutional Convention. These scumbags are too afraid to go through the legally defined process because they know that they are wrong and are breaking the law.
If to change a law, you have to break 5 of the most sacred legal trusts and oaths in the USA what does that make you?
A treasonous enemy combatant...no matter WHAT rank or office you hold, THAT'S what it makes you.
Ala Carte choices please...
Please Youtube... PLEASE do not force people to take dross they do not want just so they can get the channels that they do want. Ala Carte pricng model works for me.
That model is so ridiculous with Time Warner Cable and Comcast.
Why should I have to pay for the 900 channels of sports when all I want are the News, History, Movie, Scyfy and Educational channels?
Not to mention that digital TV is streaming TV and they need to do something to decrease the bandwidth usage. If they'd let me "delete" a channel, I would never open it and it's representative bandwidth would no longer be used by my IP address. Multiply that times millions of cable boxes and the bandwidth issue is solved.
Then maybe Youtube can work out deals with the cable companies so they stop the traffic shaping that only affects Youtube and no other website I visit (Yes, I know that Youtube is partially responsible and needs better bandwidth themselves)
Time for the International Thunder Dome....... Two Go In, (N)One Comes Out
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to Thunder Dome! Tonight for your viewing pleasure we have "Arab Biased Anonymous Coward" and "Jewish Biased Matt Byant".
We will let the "Dome" determine what thousands of years of war has not...who gets the area formerly known as "Palestine"!?
Guys, I was 11 years old in 1967 watching the tanks roll in the Six Day War and every year it's the same BS. Threats, intimidation, shelling, funerals, pictures of bombed out buildings, burnt flags and effigies, more lies and prevarications, bogus peace talks, more useless US aid to arsholes on both side we can ill afford.
As the Special Forces boys are wont to say...Fuck'em all and let God sort it out. Both sides act like spoiled brats that need a good asswhuppin. Both side deliberately self sabotage each and every decent solution that is put forth. Please let them both have what they deserve.
There will be no peace in the Middle East until each and everyone on BOTH sides are dead as they are both completely batshit crazy and will NEVER see reason or logic, EVER.
Push the button and get it over with please. The sooner we get to start over the better. Used to be we'd just have a nice plague or flood to keep the idiots in line but that's not kosher anymore.
I think the word is "Hospitable" ?
Not to be pedantic but the word that madestjohn is trying to say is "hospitable" or perhaps a better word would be "inhabitable". Unfortunately the english language is full of difficult words that don't translate well.
Next, his statement about liquid water is on the mark. Almost every chemical reaction for the building blocks of life require H2O to ocurr.
Icahn = Death of Dell
Carl Icahn should have to pay more for Dell than anyone else because he will simply rip the limbs of the writhing tortured carcass of Dell one at a time just to enjoy the sounds of the screaming.
Mind you, there is usually nothing good that comes from change of any kind. But certainly there will be no good to anyone involved in Dell if Icahn gets his dirty little claws into it. Employees beware.....
Are they "Cooking the books"?
Somehow, I cannot believe the unemployment report statistics because there is too much at stake for the Obama administration and that all of the people involved in the statistics are emplyed by the government.
It is so interesting that these numbers keep getting better but the economy hasn't.
Soon you will be required to wear "Googles" all the time as part of the Surveillance Society
Mark my words, this will become part of a worldwide surveillance solution and we will be required to wear them all the time. Google will lobby for it under the guise of "National Security".
If Orwell could have concieved of such a device back then, it would have been featured in "1984".
"Googles" will become part of a "Minority Report" style Thought Police PreCrime system. They will all be linked into the web 24/7/365 and any alphabet soup agency will have backdoor access. In fact, they are all having technogasms just thinking about it now
This concept will all be in a new William Gibson novel soon enough. Too late for Phillip K. Dick my second most favorite Cynically Paranoid writer. (Theodore Sturgeon is number one)
I call dibs on a 10% royalties for the idea. The mere act of this post covers me legally.
Can we have an automatic downposter option please?
Please, may we have a way to select a specific handle name and fill in some form for proof that allows one to automatically downvote all posts by specific posters as they show up in a thread?
It would just make it a lot less tedious than clicking "back to the forum" a dozen times in one thread.
Totally Skewed Survey, never believe any of them!
First you would have had to be a customer of Soluto (and not uninstall their spurious sounding crapware). That limits the playing field right there.
Next, it appears that you would have to be part of a subset of people who buy computers from Dell, Lenovo or some other crap PC manufacturer who provides crap driver support, no updates, modifies the stock drivers or hamstrings them.
Why would you not think they would crash frequently?
I have built perhaps 40 PC's myself over the years and can count the number of true hard crashes on one hand. But then, i don't install crapware or ridiculously old software, I do all the updates and tell people how to do this properly. There are no monitoring and "nanny" programs on my computers.
Are the PC's in question from individual private users or are they from a call center? Big frikkin difference there! What software is running on them? The first rule is that Crap Software begets Crap Performance. What are the specific reasons for the crashes? Patchy or incomplete software & driver updates, particularly old browsers are often the cause of instability. Are they running new applications on old PC's or old apps on new PC's?
Taxi Licenses and resulting Medallions are State Sponsored Monopoly's operated by the Mob
Since NYC is one of the most politically and physically corrupt cities in the world, how could anyone think that there is not an ulterior motive for them denying the use of various apps to call a cab?
In order to even get a medallion, one not only has to pay a portion of the fare but a huge bribe to the people that hold the main francise. Let's not even discuss the actual cost of the medallion itself. There are no main francises available and they will never become available to the "public".
The cost of two unrestricted taxi medallions in March 2013 was $2.42 MILLION DOLLARS.
Why be anonymous! Email them all!!!
I have just emailed the principal and two local newspapers telling them what I thought of the schools ignorance and stupidity.
The rest of you El Reg readers should also.
Idiocracy is right on the mark...Death to Ignorance!
As an American, I completely agree with you that the movie Idiocracy is not fiction it's prediction. I'll go one further by saying that the characters in the movie are not all that different than the people that are teaching our youth today, especially in poorer school districts and quite obviously in Southern Schools.
Your statement about how a "kid today with a passion for science has a better chance of being accused as a radical terrorist rather than the potential Einstein that they may be" is sadly more truthful than anyone could expect.
I posted a while back in this thread regarding how I was given direction and inspiration by the father of a childhood friend. My son is now 30 and I tried to offer him the same kind of offbeat educational experiences that I had and he has done well for himself. He and his lovely wife made me a proud Grandpa. They are both very free thinkers and have already suffered from their unwillingness to tolerate religious BS.
Oh, the price we pay, we few that can see through the injustices and stupidity of the rest of the world....and arent afraid to speak the truth. If only the truth could actually set you free instead of ruining your career.
I can only hope that our childrens children can escape from the clutches of the mentally and emotionally retarded people that now make up our "education" and "justice" system.
There is a place in Hell that burns all the hotter for those teachers who can only inspire further mediocrity and those in the legal "profession" who let emotions rule over logic and reason.
The first rule of Bankruptcy - Snag it while you still have access to it!
That was the smartest move that Intel or anyone else could make. They grabbed their money before the receivers or lawyers could.
A wise man once said "Possession is 9/10 of the law" and nothing could be closer to the truth here.
Just like you Lewis!
Lewis, as a child, I made my first batch of black gunpowder when I was 13. I did not get the proportions correct as it was a fizzle, not a bang. The father of a childhood friend took us aside as he was a chemist and said that he did not want to stifle our creativity but wanted instead to give us lessons in safe preparation. That was due to his own precocious experimentation at the same age with making gunpowder that eventually lead to him becoming a Harvard educated PHD Chemist with several patents . This man became a lifetime mentor and friend. When he developed Alzheimers late in life, I was so sad to see such brilliant mind wasting away. God rest his soul! It is too bad that there are not more people like him in this sick world.
I became an engineer in part due to his tutelage and my proclivities.
The problem with people like these so called educators is that their fears and doubts and their overly emotional upbringing contaminate their thinking and thus their teaching process. Their F.U.D. is exacerbated wildly by the media and the overly protective busybodies that land in the Social Services & Education fields.
They "think" they are doing the "right" thing by calling the police. What they did was to literally kill this young womans chances at life when no harm was caused or intended.
This is why all children that exhibit any kind of independence, or intelligence need to be removed from the general education system as early as possible so they do not become ruined by the shortcomings of the "Indoctrination System". Let them become Scientists, Engineers and Leaders of Men and let the rest become the sheep their "teachers" train them to be.
What this girl did was no worse than a 7 grade science experiment and now she is a "criminal" for life.
I say that any prosecutor that proceeds with this case needs to be removed from office and banned from the legal profession, made homeless and broke . Frankly the assistant principal needs to be burned as a witch.
I have "zero tolerance" for morons like them and their supporters. Death to Ignorance and Stupidity!
Die a painful death AIRBNB!
I won't even hand this info to the Federal Government unless they have "Just Cause" and a warrant to get the info.
Any property rental company would simply take a scan of my license when I arrived to get the keys and be done with it. There is absolutely no reason to have more info than that. Property owners who are concerned about losses need to keep the valuable knick knacks out of the rentals.
AIRBNB needs to be stricken from the Internet for even asking for this detailed level of info. And they have the audacity to store it online???
So I would assume they have 3 factor logins (for everyone) and 256 bit FIPS approved encryption of EVERYTHING????
AGW proponents don't listen to reason because it has become a Religion
Thanks for the common sense statement that we really don't "know" what makes the climate tick, we can only speculate.
My problem comes from the fact that AGW proponents have the fervor of religious zealots, not the common sense of rational humans who are able to see both sides of the argument.
When zeal supersedes facts and rational thought, then there is no sense even trying to discuss the subject. It's about as fruitful as arguing the existence of God.
Can someone do the same thing to the "Ask Toolbar" Please!!!!!?????
As far as I am concerned, some regulator someplace needs to make all so called "Toolbars" illegal so that the various scum that tie their so called "free" products to some kind of toolbar download can all go to hell and rot collectively, forever.
Any software vendor that uses these toolbar driveby downloads needs to find a better way to monetize their product. Especially the ones that use confusing language or install the crapware even if you already unchecked the "Please Install" boxes. You may have created a great product but the crapware you allowed will turn me off right away.
Let's hope someone ELSE will make a 'Droid hardware compatible OS
Here is hoping that somebody like Cyanogen will modify Android to remove all the nasty Google phone home bits and blackhole all the uneeded App communications permissions leaving us with an "open" OS that works and does not suck up data or batteries and is safe and secure. I would GLADLY pay $100 for that privilige especially if it included the best part of Palm Pilot contact management software so I don't have to rely on the "Cloud" and sync contacts and emails direct from my PC and still be able to use standard Android apps.
ALL Current Cell Phone Service Providers, Hardware & Software Manufacturers are Greedy Pfucks.
This needs to change and the solution could be crowdsourced rather easily.
Logitech are way better than most on the market and shine in some categories
I have several Logitech products, two K750 wireless solar keyboards, an Anywhere Mouse MX "Darkfield mouse, and a K400 Wireless keyboard with touchpad.
All of them work well albeit the K750 keys take some getting used to, the K400 is perfect for my media PC and works well over 30 ft from the computer and nobody offers such a convenient keyboard/touchpad combo. The MX mouse is great as it works on ANY surface VERY well and battery life is not as bad as many have made out. I don't turn it off and use it every day at work and the batteries last 3 over months. I have never replaced batteries in the K400 since I bought it 6 months ago and yes it could have been better made but it only cost $24 at Walmart and it works fine for what I need it for.
I have never broken any Logitech product yet either. In my experience Microsoft products have invariably sucked, particularly their mice.
It seems so easy to complain about everything on ElReg. Let's see some commentards tell us what the like or recommend instead.
What about natural causes of Nitrogen Oxides? Plant Decay anyone?
During the sping and summer, air separation & liquifaction plants have a difficult time purifying out the excessive nitrogen oxides that naturally occur due to the decay of vegetation. That "Spring like " smell is often from the products of decomposition.
Same thing applies to CO2 and methane produced from biological activity in the ground, manure, other waste and water. (not all natural but most is)
If the truth could ever be told in this discussion, the non manmade sources of greenhouse gases are so numerous and voluminous as to boggle the mind and in almost every discussion or climate model are entirely discounted by those who continue to deny logic and reason and blame mankind.
I do not deny that we contribute pollutants but we are insignificant compared to nature.
Re: Win8 drivers affecting Win7?
Try looking at "Problems with Tap to click" in your searches. perhaps the laptop is confused by having Windows 8 Hardware and running Windows 7. Just had something similar happen using a new Windows 8 compatible Logitech wireless keyboard with built in touchpad (for my media pc). It just did not want to click, it preffered to "tap". A driver update for the keyboard helped.
On the other hand you may have to delete and reinstall the drivers with a full reboot in between.
Re: All men have the right to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (this is not it!)
If there was ever a reason to use the rights endowed in the Second Amendment (and the Jeffersonian interpretation of WHY the Second Amendment exists IE to allow the people to overthrow an unjust and tyrannical government), then now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.... I have not forgotten the rights and obligations of citizenship.
Re: our data ( is not ours and hasn't been for a long time)
First, there are almost no successful class action suits in the USA, AND if you used Google for any reason, you already gave away all your rights just by using their "services, products etc". In that case, Google could argue that there was no legal infraction as the individual uses Gmail or Android and had to allow them access to their personal data.
This is true here in the USA and in the EU. So they "slurped" your data.... I rather have Google do that than someone wardriving my neighborhood.
Re: German Watchdog Whacks Google
I completely agree, upvote you and while we are at it; what about the credit rating agencies (Equifax, Experian, Transunion Etc) who have way more influence on our daily lives, have EVERY POSSIBLE piece of data available on you and are COMPLETLY UNREGULATED!
No more computers in MY Car please! Time to buy 1960's circa Autos!
It's bad enough to have the manufacturers computer controls for powertrain & emissions, let alone another or replacement computer.
I will predict now that the manufacturer T's & C's will allow them to sell so called "anonymized data" to the State, Insurance Companies, Ad Agencies, for position, mileage, speed, acceleration, all of which will be used against you in violation of your 5th Amendment Rights against self incrimination to cost you more for everything automobile related. The car won't run without the computer and you will be prevented from modifying it legally. Don't you know it's a "privilige" to drive?
The alphabet soup agencies will be granted back door rights to enable them to communicate directly with the computer to open up eavesdropping, remote engine enable/disable, control of brakes, gas pedal and transmission, etc, etc, etc.
Soon, we will see the advent of "direct ticketing" like in "5th Element" where Bruce Willis character gets points on his liscense automatically, completely bypassing right to trial by jury or even by judge.
This is all in an effort to remove any remaining reason to have "drivers", including the enjoyment of driving.
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